Nicole Miller titled her spring collection Fast Forward/Rewind, describing “the speed of wheels in motion” as her inspiration. The athletic-cool clothes brought new meaning to the term “street style,” with colorful checkerboard patterns and racerback tanks sharing runway space alongside–wait for it–a head-to-toe patchwork neon jumpsuit. While we recommend leaving that particular look to the professionals, there was still plenty of wearable fun in a collection that drew on vintage cycling and Rollerblading garb. The biggest standouts, in my opinion, were the separates embellished with tons of colorful seed beads, those arts-and-crafts decorations beloved by summer campers and DIYers everywhere. Shimmering across skirts and thin-strapped slipdresses, the beads added a little richness and heft (literally–by the thousands, those things weigh down a frock like none other) to the lineup. For those less daring, there was also a section of body-con black frocks with colorful panels that outlined and bisected the wearer’s form. Could bodyblocking be the new colorblocking?
Even though the stripes-on-stripes-on-stripes felt overwhelming at times, especially considering the multitude of Crayola tones at play here, those same colors translated better into Miller’s bags. The cross-strap patent messenger bags laced with bungee cords were playful and sporty, and I’m counting the days until they pop up in the pages of Teen Vogue. The designer’s outerwear options were also highlights, particularly the slightly oversized, boxy leather jackets and a cool translucent raincoat.
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